EAL: Economics as an Alien Language

This year's exam papers are a true mix of the good, the bad and the utterly confusing. Looking at the papers with a wide-angle lens, coverage/depth was excellent and there were no egregious examples of peripheral and non-core issues aimed at with the questions. And, once again, as in every exam since 2013, theory of the firm was 100% avoidable – which is either good or bad, depending on the whether you lean towards being able to strategically target revision ...

News Flash: Change for M18 HL Paper 1 Section B

This news flash may have escaped your attention. It was posted on 29 Jan 2018 to DP Coordinators. From the May 2018 examination session onwards, Section B of ITGS HL Paper 1 will consist of three questions from which candidates must answer one. This will mean that on page 44 of the ITGS Course Guide the text for Section B should read as follows: Section B Students answer one of three structured questions based on the HL extension topics.  What does ...

IB Exams – History preparation

IB exams officially began last Thursday with school-based syllabi and Business Management and Global Politics last Friday.  And today, with Biology there are even more students involved in the examinations.  Critical mass with Diploma Candidates will occur Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning when English and Mathematics take place.  As a result, few students are focused on studying for their history exams right now - but some have begun their revisions and next weekend will be when they are focused on ...

Revision for IB History students

For those of you who are Diploma Candidates you are probably focused on Math, English and Biology at the moment, which is perfectly understandable. On Friday afternoon there will be a flurry of activity as you scramble to revise your notes, organize your thoughts and attempt to memorize hundreds of details.  However, one weekend of studying cannot replace 240 hours of class time and numerous assignments.  You should use some time over the course of the next week to go over the demands of ...

Important changes to the new BM programme (updated 5th October 2015)

The IB coordinator notes for September contain some significant alterations to the new Business Management guide (first assessment 2016) that affect the Standard Level internal assessment, Paper 1 (the pre-seen case study) and Paper 2, section A. An updated version of the Business management guide, relevant student samples and specimen papers are available on the OCC to reflect the following changes. SLIA A problem regularly faced by moderators is that students submit their commentary without attaching the supporting documents (SDs). In ...

Paper 1: The Source-based test

In IB History, at both HL and SL, students are required to demonstrate their ability to use historical sources.  There are a number of historical skills that are used by professionals instantaneously and often on a daily basis.  Every time you pick up a text, read a journal article or examine a political cartoon or graph, you probably do this quickly, almost without thinking about it.  Like many other tasks, practice leads to constant improvement and you probably don’t even ...

Paper 1: Tips to Succeed

In IB History, at both HL and SL, students are required to demonstrate their ability to use historical sources.  There are a number of historical skills that are used by professionals instantaneously and often on a daily basis.  Every time your history teacher picks up a text, reads a journal article or examines a political cartoon or graph, s/he probably does this quickly, almost without thinking about it.  Like many other tasks, practice leads to constant improvement and your teacher ...

Paper One: 3 HOT tips

Tip #1: Watch out for the over use and the vague use of the words 'theme' and 'symbolize.' Students tend to use the first, not to indicate recurrent ideas that occur in the literary work, but for content, what the work is about.  Content: World War 1 traumas.  Theme: failure of characters to face reality.  'Symbolize' is loosely used by students to represent, to suggest, to be equivalent to, or for just about anything.  The term comes from 'symbol' so it ...

Paper 1: a little refreshment in teaching commentary

At this point in the year, everyone needs a little refreshment in their teaching.  What follows are some ideas for approaching the Paper 1 commentary.  Some will be familiar (but maybe forgotten?) and some may be new.  We all know we need differentiation in our classes and maybe some of these will advance that goal. 1. The double entry approach. Using a vertical divide on a single sheet, have students enter items, (phrases, words, images, rhymes and the like) on one ...

DT Exam Review – May 2013 / May 2016 Specimen Papers Available

Well those exams are long over - and there is only one more May examination based off the old syllabus to go. So what were your thoughts on the exam papers? Here is a quick selection of mine without giving the game away for any students listening in :- Paper 1 - Nothing specific to comment about - and thought the case study questions to the end were very fair Paper 2 - iPAD Question - good solid question that should work well for ...